Keiken is a cross-dimensional collaborative practice (Hana Omori, Isabel Ramos and Tanya Cruz), whose work merges the physical with the digital by building online worlds and augmented realities. In Augmented Empathy, the collective explores the subversion of Instagram filters. Delivering workshops online and in a local school, which in turn inform the work, Keiken test the boundaries of social media as a space for exchange and artistic creation.
For Ars Electronica Garden Liverpool, dance artist Sakeema Crook joins the collective to deliver an interactive public performance in Liverpool. During the performance, visitors are invited to experience an augmented reality world, activated by Sakeema’s body as she performs a reiteration of the speech she gave at the recent Black Lives Matter and Black Trans Lives Matter protests. This performance extends Sakeema’s practice which carves out progressive worlds through the understanding of intersectionality, creating a new path for fluidity, love and change. These notions are augmented visually via the AR whilst she performs.